Baby Big Top Circus

Coming soon at Wellington Country Park is the Bigtopmania Baby Big Top Circus Show.

The dates for your diary are Good Friday 3rd April to Easter Monday 6th April (2015).

And the whole of the Easter school holidays! 

Wellington Country Park is a fabulous outdoor play centre just outside Reading, Berkshire, Uk on the way to Basingstoke.  It is a huge family attraction centre, regularly getting outstanding reviews and is  full of children’s play activities, mixed with country park, lakes, deer park, walks, camping and more.  Not forgetting the ride on train and dinosaurs!

Each year there’s something new, though not sure what till we get there!

circus show wellington park small circus show wellington park

We have a long history of working at the park, performing in various guises, taking our  mobile play activities, inflatables and crazy bikes, supplying entertainers and installing our tents as outdoor venues for shows and activities.

Over the Easter holidays we supply  an exciting programme through the weekends and midweek.

Some of the events are listed here;

Baby Big top circus shows (3-6 April),

baby bigtop circus wellington country park 2015

hands on go mad on the crazy bikes days (8-9 April),

crazy bikes at wellington country park

have a go at circus skills workshops (15-16 April ), including having a go on trapeze.

circus skills at wellington country park 2015

childrens trapeze lesson

But there is also a weekend (11-12 April) of magic shows by Magician David Crofts, who is also an ace Windsor based balloon twister.

david crofts magician


Top that off with a weekend (18-19 April) of clown shows by Reading’s finest  Bigfoot the Clown.  Clown Big Foot


And there’s s an Easter egg hunt of course and a massive tent packed full of hands on Easter Craft activities.

So much to do!


Lets talk Baby Big Top Circus!

Roll up Roll up, Ladies and Gentlemen… But particularly the children.. Boys and girls .. welcome to the show!

Since 2009 we have presented the Baby Big Top Circus Show over the Easter long weekend.

There will be 3 shows each day at 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm.  It’s always busy and lots of fun.  Get your coffees and seats early!  The show is targeted at young children and families has appropriate comedy and skills. It can get noisy in the tent!

We present a family orientated show … Very family !  As well as guest acts, the core team is the Bigtopmania family Husband & Wife, Son & Daughter, partners and friends!

You may even get to see a couple of pets(!) .. well Big Bear and the Easter Bunny!

You may even get some pop corn or chocolates!

You are likely to see’ clowning, acrobatics, juggling, china plate spinning, aerial trapeze and silks, limbo, Knife throwing, cowboy roping, ball spinning, balloons, unicycling, bowl spinning, hula hooping and more.  NB; as ever, show content is subject to change!



Here are some images of previous circus shows at the park;

Clown PeteZa easter bunny wellington country park circus at wellington bigtopmania circus china plate spinning clown act hand stand  costume  baby big top circus at wellington park aerial silks act circus music comedy act circus violinist table cloth pull trick standing on shoulders big bass drum umbrella balance  unicycle act juggler cigar box act hula hoop act knife throwing act blindfold easter bunny trapeze act

The following are from the same show at a different location, Photos by M. Cadden-Pike.acrobats acrobats juggling act juggling act tumblers unicyclists unicyclists wave bye bye


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Come and see the baby big top circus show at wellington country park in Aril 2015. 

China Plate Spinning

Pete, aka PeteZa, aka Chief does real China plate spinning as an act.

Here we are not talking about plastic spinning plates but real China!

He is one of the few UK performing plate spinners and together we can have a smashing time!

I only want to quickly talk about the act itself and move on to last weeks (end Feb 2015) plate spinning work at Edinburgh University.

Oftentimes it’s performed as a comedy plate spinning act involving lots of clowning; other times it may be a typical circus variety type presentation.

Circus Variety Plate Spinning Act.

You know the one… sequined circus artist rushing backwards and forwards placing and spinning  the plates on tall sticks aligned in a row, tweaking and speeding up the wobbly plates before they stop spinning and fall.

Comedy China Plate Spinning.

comedy plate spinning act plate juggling act

I prefer the clowning route as you can add more comedy with falling plates, far too tall sticks, bendy sticks, breaking sticks, and odd this like paper plates, juggling plates, plate manipulation tricks and a  much much more. Laughs and skills combined.

Team-Building and Corporate Analogies with Plate Spinning.

As a real china plate spinner, I have presented real China plate spinning acts for many different scenarios from pure circus entertainment in circus tents, parties, shows, Greek nights, Butlins etc to corporate presentations with the typical analogy of “how on Earth do you keep doing so many different tasks at the same time?”… Keeping all the plates spinning.  Here’s a business Leadership Analogy I have found on the web.

I have used plate spinning in training sessions, team building, exhibition stands, I have taught Microsoft graduate trainees, used plate spinning in training video for Arriva  Buses; Over the years so many different places.

plate spinner uk plate spinning for training video uk

There is more information and photographs of  PeteZa’s various spinning plates scenarios and how to book a plate spinning act here.

I thought I’d done it all.

Till last week!


Edinburgh university inaugural lecture by chris speed multi temporal experience of plate spinning

The Multi-Temporal Experience of Plate Spinning.

That was one topic in a great lecture entitled “The Random Lift and Other Algorithmic Stories”.
To be honest.. I’m still not sure what it means but I had great fun doing it!

I was asked by Professor Chris Speed at Edinburgh University; College of Arts, if I could do some plate spinning while he did his inaugural lecture to his peers at the university.

Say that again?… China plate spinning during a university professors inaugural lecture!…  Interesting!

Not knowing what it would involve, of course I said yes, flew up there, had a few days in Edinburgh and got on with it. (Thank you Flybe for allowing my plate spinning equipment on board, dismantled into a ski bag!)

plate spinning equipment plate spinning equipment

Chris had previously done a lecture in Paris in 1999 accompanied by a performer with plastic plates….. Pah!

This time he wanted to up the ante and add to the drama and confusion.

The point was it would be difficult for me, the audience and himself to concentrate and achieve, just like real life.  It would use multiple levels of brain activity.

Judging by the other topics in his lecture about connections, spacial concepts, random floor buttons in a lift, Internet and web algorithms, I think there was another very clever algorithm involved.

I didn’t hear much during the lecture as I was concentrating on performing, filming, taking photos, doing weird things, all in a far more random, arty way than normal.   Very much conceptual and non-circus but also ending in all the plates being spun, coinciding with the end of his lecture.  I think it worked very well and added to the dramatics of a very interesting and quirky lecture.

real china plate spinning plate spinning artist uk

For posterity it’s now on the Edinburgh University Inaugural Lectures website and YouTube video database.

Edited Plate spinning section of Video to come!  Or watch it in full here and learn something!  ( plate spinning approx 35 mins into it from memory!)

So, if you have any normal or random requests for a plate spinner for your event or for real China plate spinning, or with plastic, or a combination give me a call!